Watching Herbert this past week has been such a treat, and a privilege. He definitely was more undercover over the weekend with all the campers, and I was super sneaky about checking up on him. I would go early in the morning, and usually find him alone and hidden pretty good, or with mom hiding. Same thing in the evening. Finally by Sunday mid morning most everyone was gone and I found him more in the open again. He’s a smart owl, that’s for sure. I’m also pretty certain they recognize me and know I am not a threat.
When I saw him yesterday he was on this tall tree stump. Kind of a lot of branches, but it was nice to see him in the open again. He watched me, circle the tree trying to find a better vantage. This was so funny because he looked at me, then demurely raised his wing to cover part of his face.
I found the best place to observe him, and just sat on the ground enjoying watching him.
We finally left Utah last Friday, and headed north. We have camped on this part of the Snake river in years past, and always like it. There are several osprey nests, bald eagles young and old, and this year we have Herbert the Great Horned Owlet. This is the first time I’ve seen owls here, and it’s been so fun to have them close. I’ve never seen an owlet, of any variety, so I’m really excited about that part.
When we got here late Friday there were a lot of weekend campers, so we found an OK spot and waited for Monday morning when we knew we could move somewhere better. Sadly this area has gotten more popular over the years. Anyway, while walking Torrey Monday morning I spotted two owls in a nearby tree. I hustled back to the RV for my camera.
Meet Herbert. Obviously I have no idea if this is male or female, but he just looks like a Herbert.
When I went back with my camera, he was sound asleep. One of the parents was really close to him, but flew when it saw me. This startled the little one, and woke him up.
I’ve had so many people tell me I should do a book. I’ve looked into it, thought about it, but never actually did anything. Then, I was offered a discount through Saal Digital and decided this was as good a time as any to make the book I’ve wanted to.
My original book was strictly wild horse images, but Al said maybe a book with my new art would be a better idea, so that’s what I did instead. Someone asked me once what I would call my new art, something to tie it all together. I thought about this for days, then came up with “Off the Wall” Almost all the new imagery has an old wallpaper overlay, and I wanted to reflect that idea. So, the book is titled “Off the Wall.”
The book arrived, and I absolutely love it! Talk about quality.